IBM, AT&T Partner to Help Enterprises Build Better Mobile Apps
"Businesses are challenged with the need to provide rich mobile applications, while avoiding device power and network usage pitfalls that frustrate and turn away customers," said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager of IBM Rational Software, in a statement. "With today's news, we are advancing our DevOps strategy in support of better mobile application delivery." Built on an open-source platform and independent of any specific wireless carrier, ARO provides direct feedback to developers about how their app is behaving on any network, allowing them to test and deliver apps with improved battery life, faster response times and more efficient network handling. In addition to graphically presenting network, device, application and user behaviors and interactions, ARO also applies radio and power models to provide feedback about exactly where power and data drains are happening. By linking ARO analysis with mobile development capabilities from IBM, development and testing teams will be able to run battery and data analysis, instantly creating a set of defects in the Rational CLM solution with one click. With this comprehensive view, directly from customer usage models, business analysts will be able to plan for new requirements, developers will understand which areas need improvement around network and battery usage, and testers will be better enable to communicate about defects with the operations team. This streamlined, click-through process has the option to be partially automated through Rational Test Workbench, and even further optimized by virtualizing services not available or ready for testing, increasing overall productivity. The IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution enables development teams to create high-quality software through collaboration across teams, and breaks down silos causing delays in development work. CLM is built on the IBM open lifecycle integration platform Jazz, which provides requirements management, quality management, testing, change and configuration management, project planning and tracking in a single environment, and can be linked and synchronized with existing tools organizations may be using today.
In February, IBM and AT&T announced an expanded relationship to provide software developers with a set of new tools to create and deploy next-generation mobile apps. Under that partnership, the companies said customers would benefit from access to secure, high-quality apps, including those featuring speech-recognition and mobile-payment capabilities.